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About the Center

The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies provides a bridge space supporting scholarly work and the lived experience of gender and sexualities.

The CGSS is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, dialogue, growth, and empowerment around issues of gender and sexualities. We place emphasis on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexualities and educate others on the implications of such intersections.

The CGSS collaborates with other academic departments, faculty and staff to do course visits, educational events, and general consultations/services and support.

It is our goal to educate students to recognize the huge diversity of gendered experiences and perspectives among people and to cultivate a disposition to embrace gender and sexuality diversity and to work for justice and equality as we strive to fulfill the Jesuit mission.


Featured Courses!

INGS 1001: Introduction to Gender and Sexualities Studies

Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Gender and Sexualities Studies, an academic area of study focused on the ways sex and gedner manifest themselves in our social, cultural, political lives. Define and learn to use key terms and concepts such as sex, gender, sexuality, embodiment, feminism, patriarchy, etc. Course materials will include classic and contemporary scholarship from a variety of disciplines, as well as personal narratives of gendered lives.

INGS 2930: Masculinities

This course provides an in-depth perspective of men and masculinities of all backgrounds with an emphasis on violence, hyper masculinity, sexuality, socialization, health and fathering.

FOLA 4931: Neither machos nor maricas: Masculinities in Latin American Film and Pop Culture

The social construction of maleness and masculinity in Latin America is undergoing rapid changes, as it is everywhere. In a recent article on contemporary Latin American film, the title reads, "Neither machos nor maricas," signaling the changing face of masculinity, particularly as represented in contemporary Latin American film. Historically, the colonization of the Americas was associated with the domination of the masculinized empire over the feminized colonies. However, neat binaries that pit the female against the male or biology against culture are ever-more nuanced in the global world. Today, the notion that masculinity is an intrinsic biological characteristic has given way to identifying masculinity as one of myriad societal constructs forged within the crucible of race, gender, class, sexuality, and geopolitical location.

PSYC 4931: The Queer Self: Narrative Explorations of Intersectional Identity

This course explores narrative psychology as a method of examining the complexities of queer identity. We examine gender-nonconformity and transgender dynamics as well as a variety of sexual orientations and behaviors from a social justice orientation. The major assignment in this course--to interview and analyze the life story of a self-identified queer adult--pulls from feminist methodology in that it empowers the one being studied and it creates a collaborative mode of inquiry.

INGS Program

The Gender and Sexualities Studies Program at Marquette University is an interdisciplinary program that explores the ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social identities and locals impact not only society, but the lived experiences of individuals and their social relationships in a national and transnational context.

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(414) 288-0856
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Center Hours for the Academic Year

Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm


Center Break Hours (Winter, Spring, Summer)

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm



Dr. Angelique (Angie) Harris
Director and Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences
Lalumiere Hall, Room 254B
(414) 288-7438